The wonder and amazement that goes along with Disney parks is enough to keep you captivated long after you have left. From fairytale buildings to cartoon characters and plenty of things to do, it's no wonder people from all around the world have made this magical destination one for the entire family.
As with any place that leaves you full of wonder and amazement, Disney parks have some secrets of their own. Take a look for yourself:
1. Disney buys more explosives than any other entity in the United States, with the exception of the Department of Defense. That explains why their fireworks displays are so great!
2. There is only one real American Flag located at the central flagpole at the park. That way, the park doesn't need to lower or light them at night. The rest of the flags have 2 less stars and 1 less stripe and are considered pennants.
3. Disney employees have caught people scattering ashes of loved ones around various rides, including the Haunted Mansion of Disneyland.
4. When you're inside a Disney park, you are never more than 30 steps away from a trash can. Apparently that's how far people are willing to go before throwing their garbage on the ground.
5. Several Disney parks have underground tunnels that help with employee transportation, trash removal and maintenance, and it's completely hidden from park visitors.
6. The Presidential Seal in the Hall of Presidents was actually an act of Congress. It is the only place the carpet seal exists other than the White House and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
7. You can't buy chewing gum at Disney parks because Walt Disney himself forbade its sale at an attempt to keep the sidewalks clean.
8. Disney World has only ever closed six times since it opened in 1971. Five closures were due to hurricanes and once was following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
9. There's a small basketball court near the top of the Matterhorn where employees can hang out.